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  • Derrick J. Beech, M.D., F.A.C.S.
    Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Faculty Development, Morehouse School of Medicine

    A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Derrick J. Beech, M.D., earned his Bachelor’s degree from Duke University with a major in Mathematics. He continued his studies at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree. Following medical school training, he received his residency training in Surgery at Temple University Hospital and Clinics in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. During his residency training, Dr. Beech developed a strong interest in cancer surgery and the compassionate care required in the care of cancer patients. As such, he went on to complete his fellowship training in Surgical Oncology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

    Dr. Beech has received numerous honors and awards including membership in the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

    Prior to joining Morehouse School of Medicine, Dr. Beech served as professor and chairman of Surgery at Meharry Medical College, and chief of Surgery at Nashville General Hospital at Meharry. Before serving in this role, he was actively involved in medical education and clinical practice as a faculty at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana and the University of Tennessee at Memphis where he served as chief of Surgical Oncology and Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs.


    Sanja K. Jackson-Hudson, BSBA, MBAhc
    Executive Director, Morehouse Healthcare
    Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs, Morehouse School of Medicine

    A native of the Washington DC Metropolitan area, Sanja Jackson-Hudson, earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Union University with a major in Business Administration.

    Ms. Jackson-Hudson has more than a decade of operational and management experience and has developed a sharp eye for how businesses get bloated with inefficiencies, inadequate spending practices, cross-purposes and miscommunication — and how they can retool for a sleeker, smoother, strategically focused organization. With an entrepreneur mind set, she also empathetically helped other healthcare organizations set priorities and create the balance they want to reach operational, financial and information technology infrastructure goals.

    As a recognized leader in healthcare operations, to include Federal Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), Ms. Jackson-Hudson's leadership approach includes the ability to match financial operations needs to healthcare practices, as well as an inclusive management style recognized for improving performance even during times of uncertainty in the Healthcare industry.

    She has driven consistent staff performance to retain key business, recognizing the need for and implementing employee coaching principles, information technology infrastructure and training that facilitate improvement in operations success. Recognized and recruited to work with the Mayor of the District of Columbia to launch the high profile District of Columbia Healthcare Alliance program, she set up guidelines and negotiated contracts between Hospitals, Specialty-care Providers, Managed Care Organizations and FQHC’s to provide wrap-around services to those most in need.

    Ms. Jackson-Hudson has earned a reputation for helping healthcare organizations solve problems. She is a registered Operations Consultant working with organizations such as the Bureau of Primary Healthcare and HRSA. In August 2010 she accomplished another milestone when she received her MBA from Ashford University with concentration in Healthcare Administration and induction into the Golden Key International Honor Society.


    Truddie E. Darden, M.D., F.A.A.P
    Medical Director, Morehouse Healthcare
    Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine

    Dr. Darden earned her bachelor's degree in Biology/Chemistry in 1976 from Livingston University in Livingston, Ala., where she also pursued graduate studies in biology. She went on to earn a medical degree in 1981 from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham. Her pediatric residency training was at the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1981 to 1984. Darden began her career with Morehouse School of Medicine and Morehouse Medical Associates (MMA) in 1989 as assistant professor of Pediatrics. Darden was appointed the interim chairperson of the Department of Pediatrics in 1993 and held that post until 1996; in 1996 she was promoted to the rank of associate professor. Darden served as MMA's director of Ambulatory Pediatrics in 1996. She assumed the position of medical director for Morehouse Medical Associates, Inc. in 1998.


    Michelle Nichols, MD, MS
    Medical Director, Morehouse Healthcare, Comprehensive Family Healthcare Center

    Dr. Nichols graduated from the University of Mississippi, School of Medicine in 1990 and also completed her Family Medicine Residency training there. Afterwards, she completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center while on faculty there as an instructor. She joined the faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine in 1994, and is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Family Medicine. Since joining the faculty at Morehouse School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine, she has served in the past as Maternal Child Health Director, Residency Director, and is currently the Vice Chair and Medical Director.

    In 2001, she was named Family Medicine Educator of the Year by the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, and will be serving as Chair for the Family Medicine Section of the National Medical Association from 2008-2010.